Merck Mercuriadis (pictured) and comrades advocate for songwriters, Nils Lofgren remembers Lou Reed, and CMW highlights. Also in headlines: Toronto Bach Festival, shadow, Art of Time Ensemble, Liz Cooper, rock sidemen, Ed Sheeran, Woodstock, PledgeMusic, Common, R. Kelly, Madonna, Idris Elba, Pras Michel, and Merle Haggard.
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Live Nation has a boom year, Vince Staples (pictured) gets confessional, rumours of Record Store Day releases, and Michael Jackson is under scrutiny. Also in the headlines are Foreigner, Shaye Zadravec, Avril Lavigne, VCC, King’s X, Coachella, R. Kelly, Bonnaroo, ASCAP, De La Soul, Lou Reed, Queen, and Drake.
Moscow Apartment (pictured) makes major moves, the new Foreigner musical gets dissed, and the noble mission of Ace of Wands. Also in the headlines are Sting, Ray Walsh, Billie Holiday, Michael Chugg, Peter Frampton, Las Vegas, Slipknot, Creem, British blues-rock, Celine Dion, Neil Young, Roger Waters, Kelly Clarkson, and Ariana Grande.
Terra Lightfoot (pictured) heads up an all-female road show, a Shawn Mendes hit is dissected, and advice for HMV and Sunrise. Also in the headlines are Jessie Reyez, Sting, Emily King, Hamilton, COC, 21 Savage, The Clash, OBEY, R. Kelly, Al Green, Salif Keita, Sam Cooke, Scooter Braun, Dolly Parton, and Ringo Starr.
The hit Justin Bieber exhibit in Stratford inspires a book, R. Kelly is dropped by Sony, Ariana Grande sets a Spotify record, and Donna Grantis (pictured) goes solo. Also in the news are John and Yoko, The Dead South, APTN, Drake, Ian Blurton, Trille Or, Lenny Stoute, Verboden, Monster Truck, Music BC, and a farewell to Reggie Young. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Elizabeth Shepherd (pictured) takes a musical tour of Montreal, the cassette revival continues, and Drake's new $2,2M car is on display. Also in the headlines are Toronto hip-hop artists, 21C Festival, Sharon Van Etten, The Jerry Cans, AGO, Spotify, music licenses, Liberty Media, Rumble, The Who, Alex Lifeson, Stephen King, Van Morrison, R. Kelly, and Bootsy Collins.
Roots-rock ensemble Cuff the Duke (pictured) returns to the fray, vinyl supplier RPM closes down, a Beatles collection is stolen, and the Who announces another farewell tour. Also in the headlines are John Lennon, Lana Del Rey, Dierks Bentley, Spotify, R. Kelly, Total Gadjos, TSO, CES, Asian underground, music videos, The Masked Singer, the 1975, United Sound Systems, and Lou Reed.
Chris Cornell will be honoured with a Seattle statue, R. Kelly fights back, and Rich Aucoin wraps his marathon cycling trek. Others in the headlines include Fairland Funhouse, Lorde, Interstellar Rodeo, Toto, Ryuichi Sakamoto, MorMor, Wallgrin, Big Pond, and the Home County fest.
UK officials raid the offices of concert ticket resellers, while The Paradise Papers implicate song publishers and U2 in offshore tax avoidance schemes. Also included in today's roundup of headlines are transgender metal singer turned politician Danica Roem and The Who setting its sights on a Las Vegas residency.